“My Brilliant Divorce”. Theater Review. Robert Massimi.

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” My Brilliant Divorce” Written by Irish playwright Geraldine Aron and directed by fellow Irishwomen Aedin Moloney put forth a power house play at the at New Ohio Theatre. On a simple trendy set,(five pieces of hanging cloth), lighting director Jessica Kasprisin is able to work magic with the trendy set which was very reminiscent to a play I saw recently, “Extreme Whether”. Unlike “Whether”, Kasprisin takes us through a bevy of different lights and the effects of the mood within the play. Her lighting designs are nothing short of brilliant herself. Moloney is able to take the effects of the lighting and piece Rachel,(Melissa Gilbert), against the many backdrops that we able to wash in.

The story is about Rachel, a nice Jewish girl who could have married into the Cohen lighting family chooses to marry an Englishman and move to London after a brief dating period. Winston’s parents are not too pleased as well. They make it clear that she is very brash and does not fit the mold of an English housewife. The two have a daughter, Vanessa, who decides to move to Aruba with a musician named” Hot Sticks”. Vanessa has known about her father’s infidelities for quite some time with a young Argentinean women. Thinking she would be upset, Rachel is relieved to be getting a divorce from” big round head”. As time passes however, she is completely alone, with the exception of Axle, a stuffed poodle, and begins to feel the effects of empty nest syndrome. Gilbert takes us through the dating seen in London, the younger guys she’s gone out with, the name droppers she meets out,and other men who she has nothing in common with.

As the years go by for Rachel, she finds humor in the many ups and downs she has encountered. She has a close friend, Finton, whom she confides with, she becomes a regular at Dr. Steadman’s as she borders on hypochondria at the age of 38. Rachel at the same time becomes independent, she vacations alone, finds a job at Air BNB which she really likes and becomes good at. By age 44, she has tattoos on her wrists, she has not filed for divorce yet, but has decided to move forward with one. After telling Winston of her desires to do so, he has a heart attack the very next day. At the hospital Winston tell Rachel he misses her, her cooking and the house. Rachel is willing to take him back until she shows up at the hospital only to find his third tryst standing over his bedside.

Heart broken Rachel moves on, she is more independent then ever, especially after her mother dies. Only to go on vacation, she has a chance meeting with Dr Steadman at the resort that she is staying at. The Dr confides to her that he has loved her the last four years and she realizes that through her frequent visits, that he knows everything about her.

What makes this show a stand out is the conversations that Rachel has over the telephone with the various people in her life. We hear the people on the other side of the phone through the speakers. She talks to Winston, Finton and her other friend Warren. Aron generates a lot of humor through these conversations as does Rachel doing impressions of her daughter and different strangers she encounters.

Melissa Gilbert in this one women show is outstanding. Her movements, comedic timing and little dances make this show a must see. She puts on a clinic as far as how to command the stage. She has been acting since she was four years old, has done T.V., “Little House On The Prairie”, movies and stage. Her presence here is dominating in putting Rachel through many trials and tribulations. Moloney’s direction glides Gilbert through the scenes, which are always fast and up tempo.

“My Brilliant Divorce” is produced by the Fallen Angel Theater Company. The show plays till the end of April at the New Ohio theatre on Christopher St. It runs 90 minutes with no intermission. This show is a hidden gem and should not be missed.

FBI Thinks That Rules Do Not apply For Them.

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It just get’s worse and worse for the crooked FBI. After catching what is now 25 FBI employees lying about the elections, the helping of trying there best of not getting Trump elected, it now appears that Mc Cabe gave notes to Mueller in regards to the meetings he had with the president. It now looks like the FBI has no respect when it comes to obstructing justice.

Special prosecutor Mueller has to go, he is a cover up artist and holds the attitude, the same attitude that a lot of FBI hold which is get people we do not like. This farce has gone on long enough, costing tax payers millions, holding a trash bag like Mueller in high esteem. Mueller is nothing more then a criminal, he is doing illegal things to try to get Trump on something.

It was right to fire Mc Cabe, but now we must try to throw him in jail along with Commey and the lot of them. These people are criminals, they obstruct justice, lie, cheat and steal. Over the last four years alone we have seen the Loretta Lynch runway crime, Sarah Rice covering up Benghazi, Comey finding no fault in the Clinton investigation before it was concluded. The people of the United States must demand action, people need to go to jail at the FBI/DOJ.

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Andrew McCabe Kept Notes About Conversations With Trump, Gave Them to Mueller

John Dowd, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, called for Mueller probe to end ‘on the merits in light of recent revelations’

Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who was fired Friday night, at a July 2017 press conference with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who was fired Friday night, at a July 2017 press conference with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Photo: jim watson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote memos describing his conversations with President Donald Trump and other events and has turned them over to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a person close to Mr. McCabe said Saturday.

The memos, written soon after the events they describe, cover Mr. McCabe’s dealings with the White House and what former FBI Director James Comey told Mr. McCabe about his interactions, according to the person.

That revelation came amid increasingly contentious exchanges Saturday between President Trump and some of the country’s most senior former law-enforcement and national security officials, sparked by Mr. McCabe’s dismissal late Friday.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions terminated Mr. McCabe two days before his scheduled retirement, saying internal investigators found Mr. McCabe made an unauthorized disclosure to the media and “lacked candor” on multiple occasions.

Mr. Trump, in his third tweet on the subject since Friday night, said Saturday afternoon that Mr. McCabe was “caught, called out and fired.” “How many lies? How many leaks?” Mr. Trump said, adding that former FBI Director James Comey “knew it all, and much more!”

Nine minutes later, Mr. Comey responded on Twitter saying, “the American people will hear my story very soon.” He has a book scheduled to be released next month. “They can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not,” Mr. Comey said.

Mr. Comey himself was fired last May, in an episode that is now under investigation by Mr. Mueller. Mr. Comey testified last year he kept memos of his interactions with Mr. Trump and that he felt Mr. Trump had pressured him to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The volleys Saturday began when Mr. Trump’s personal legal team called for the Justice Department to end the special counsel’s investigation into possible ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia, after the department fired a senior official who at one time had been involved in looking at that and other politically charged matters.

The lawyer, John Dowd, said he wasn’t calling on the department to fire Mr. Mueller, but rather to end the investigation “on the merits in light of recent revelations.”

Mr. McCabe’s termination immediately spurred furious debate over whether the firing was merited or was an attempt to undermine the Mueller investigation, possibly by casting doubt on the credibility of Mr. McCabe, a potential witness. Mr. McCabe, who was deputy to Mr. Comey, had been removed from his deputy post in January and was due to retire on Sunday.

Mr. Sessions said Friday night that he had terminated Mr. McCabe’s employment “effective immediately” after an “extensive and fair investigation.” Mr. Sessions said both the inspector general and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility concluded that Mr. McCabe made an unauthorized disclosure and lacked candor when he spoke under oath on “multiple occasions.”

Mr. McCabe on Friday night said he was fired and his pension threatened because he could corroborate Mr. Comey’s account of interactions with the president.

Mr. Trump said on Twitter Friday night that the action against Mr. McCabe marked a “great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!”

Others saw Mr. Sessions’s firing of Mr. McCabe as aimed at the Mueller investigation. “Every member of Congress, Republican and Democrat, needs to speak up in defense of the Special Counsel,’’ Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.), top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, wrote on Twitter.

In scathing remarks, John Brennan, director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama and an official in the George W. Bush administration, said on Twitter that Mr. Trump would be seen as a “disgraced demagogue,’’ adding, “You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America.”

Mr. McCabe, in a lengthy statement, strongly disputed the allegations, saying that he had the authority to share the information with a reporter and that he “answered questions truthfully and as accurately” as he could “amidst the chaos that surrounded” him. His lawyer said the disciplinary process was rushed and completed “in a little over a week.”

Mr. Dowd, the president’s lawyer, on Saturday called for the Justice Department to follow Mr. Sessions’s “brilliant and courageous example” in firing Mr. McCabe and “bring an end to alleged Russia collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss, James Comey.”

Mr. Dowd directed his call to end the Russia investigation at Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, who appointed Mr. Mueller last year after Mr. Sessions recused himself from the matter.

Mr. Dowd said he was speaking for himself, not the president. Earlier Saturday, he had told the Daily Beast he was issuing the statement on the president’s behalf.

Mr. Trump has been eager to see the investigation wrap up as quickly as possible, describing it as a distraction that is hurting the country. His lawyers have repeatedly laid out public time lines by which they expected the investigation to end, with expected end points that have come and gone.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers are seeking to negotiate a deal with Mr. Mueller that uses an interview with the president as leverage to spur a conclusion to the Russia investigation, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Tensions will be on further display in coming weeks.

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The Justice Department’s inspector general, or in-house watchdog, is expected to issue a report by the end of April that examines the bureau’s handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email arrangement that is likely to be critical of the FBI and some of its officials. Meanwhile, a book by James Comey, the former FBI director fired by Mr. Trump, is due out on April 17, and it is expected to take sharp aim at the president and his conduct.

The findings into Mr. McCabe’s alleged misconduct deal with an Oct. 30, 2016, report in The Wall Street Journal about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation, the Journal previously reported.

Write to Aruna Viswanatha at Aruna.Viswanatha@wsj.com, Rebecca Ballhaus at Rebecca.Ballhaus@wsj.com and Del Quentin Wilber at del.wilber@wsj.com

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FBI’S Mc Cabe Fired By Session’s.

Robert Massimi.

Fifteen FBI agents have now been accused of lying to the government in regards to the cover ups trying to squash Trump’s run for president. Mc Cabe, who’s wife ran for the Senate was given big donations by a close associate of the Clinton’s. It is proven that he swayed influence over Mc Cabe and several other FBI agents to bring down Trump to benefit Hilary Clinton.

The FBI and the DOJ are supposed to impartial when it comes to politics but it appears not to be the case. The FBI and the DOJ have lied, covered up and used there underhanded tricks to try to make Trump look tainted by Russia. What’s worse is that Mueller, running out of evidence as well as time keeps up his witch hunt against Trump. His investigation looks so political it is not even funny anymore, not to mention the millions of dollars he has spent of tax payer money.

 

It is time to clean house at both corrupt agencies and that they go back to being non political and focus on there jobs at hand. The FBI and the DOJ have dropped the ball on hacking, the Parkland shooting and many other things, to many to mention.

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Sessions fires McCabe before he can retire

Sessions fires McCabe before he can retire

Trump had repeatedly attacked the veteran FBI official

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe during a news conference on July 13, 2017 at the Justice Department in Washington, DC.Alex Wong / Getty Images

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WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday night accepted the recommendation that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who took the reins of the agency during the turbulent days after the abrupt firing of James Comey, be terminated — two days before he was to retire and become eligible for full pension benefits.

Though McCabe — who has been attacked by President Donald Trump — stepped down as deputy director in late January, he remained on the federal payroll, planning to retire on Sunday. The firing places his federal pension in jeopardy.

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Unlike Trump’s removal of Comey last year, which produced widespread resentment inside the FBI, McCabe’s termination was recommended by the agency he served for 21 years.

Sunday is McCabe’s 50th birthday, which would have made him eligible for certain substantial retirement benefits.

Related: McCabe: Trump wants to destroy me to stop Mueller probe

The FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility proposed the termination, based on the findings of the Justice Department’s inspector general. That office has been examining the bureau’s handling of the Clinton e-mail investigation.

“After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility,” Sessions said in a statement at about 10 p.m. ET Friday night. “The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.”

In statement released after the firing was announced, McCabe said: “This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.”

Related: Read McCabe’s full statement after firing

As part of the inquiry, McCabe was questioned about conversations FBI officials had with a reporter in October 2016 regarding the FBI’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation. The inspector general’s report, which has not been made public, concluded that McCabe was not completely candid in answering questions about those conversations, according to officials familiar with the report.

The findings of the inspector general apparently played a role in McCabe’s decision to step down in late January from the deputy director post.

In a message to employees at the time, FBI Director Christopher Wray said, “It would be inappropriate for me to comment on specific aspects of the IG’s review right now. But I can assure you that I remain staunchly committed to doing this job, in every respect, ‘by the book.’ I will not be swayed by political or other pressure in my decision making.”

After Comey was fired in May 2017, McCabe became the FBI’s acting director. Two days later, he was asked at a congressional hearing if the shake-up was affecting operations.

“Quite simply put, sir, you cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people, and upholding the Constitution,” he replied, a comment that cheered the FBI’s rank and file.

But McCabe became a target of Republicans who questioned the FBI’s impartiality in how the Clinton investigation was conducted.

When McCabe’s wife, Jill, ran for the state Senate in Virginia in 2015, she accepted a donation from a political action committee controlled by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a friend and supporter of Hillary Clinton’s — and that became the basis for a series of Twitter attacks from Trump.

“Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!” Trump wrote in July 2017, erroneously claiming that McCabe had a role in facilitating the contribution.

The next day, the president asked in a tweet, “Why didn’t [Attorney General] Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of the Clinton investigation?”

Trump tweeted a shot at McCabe early Saturday, minutes after midnight.

“Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!” the president claimed.

In response to criticism that McCabe should not have played a role in the Clinton investigation, the FBI said he consulted with internal ethics officials who concluded that because his wife’s campaign ended before the investigation began, there was no conflict.

The number-two official at the FBI is now Acting Deputy Director David Bowdich, who supervised the investigation of the deadly 2015 shooting at the San Bernardino, California, community center.

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“AT Home At The Zoo” Theater Review.

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Russia’ Hacking.

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The 80’s called and they want there foreign policy back is what Barack Obama told Mitt Romney in there last debate. Well the 2000’s are here and Russia is still our biggest foe. Out of touch Obama could have taken precautions that eliminated the problems that we face today but he did nothing about it only telling Putin in a meeting to cut it out. Yeah, that worked. Today, Russia and China continue to hack into our businesses, our military, our energy and peoples personal identifications.

Russia it appears will always be our enemy, China, however, was given there strength because we gave them a world stage by shipping our jobs there. Today China holds onto a vast amount of our debt and could pull the plug on that whenever they want to. We have let two Geo political foes get strong, one which has always been there, another one we created.

The big issue is how do we prevent this from continually recurring? We need to spend billions each year on cyber security and we still are at a loss. R&D, which corporations spend millions on is at a loss and a disadvantage. Companies who have facilities in China have to play by there rules and essentially allow China to see what they are doing by way of research and development. Nike makes sneakers for instance only to see a much cheaper knock off compete with there product. Other companies who went to China to produce goods cheaper are waking up to the fact that in the long run, maybe it was better to have stayed here.

The bottom line is that we need to reel in these countries that hack us and make them pay with stricked sanctions and other means to cripple there economies. We must invent full proof firewalls that protect business, the military and the government or all the research, brain power will be for naught.

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In a first, U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the U.S. power grid, marking the first time the United States has publicly accused Moscow of hacking into American energy infrastructure.

Power lines are seen at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in McCarran, Nevada, September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

Beginning in March 2016, or possibly earlier, Russian government hackers sought to penetrate multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation and manufacturing, according to a U.S. security alert published Thursday.

The Department of Homeland Security and FBI said in the alert that a “multi-stage intrusion campaign by Russian government cyber actors” had targeted the networks of small commercial facilities “where they staged malware, conducted spear phishing, and gained remote access into energy sector networks.” The alert did not name facilities or companies targeted.

The direct condemnation of Moscow represented an escalation in the Trump administration’s attempts to deter Russia’s aggression in cyberspace, after senior U.S. intelligence officials said in recent weeks the Kremlin believes it can launch hacking operations against the West with impunity.

It coincided with a decision Thursday by the U.S. Treasury Department to impose sanctions on 19 Russian people and five groups, including Moscow’s intelligence services, for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and other malicious cyber attacks.

Russia in the past has denied it has tried to hack into other countries’ infrastructure, and vowed on Thursday to retaliate for the new sanctions.

‘UNPRECEDENTED AND EXTRAORDINARY’

U.S. security officials have long warned that the United States may be vulnerable to debilitating cyber attacks from hostile adversaries. It was not clear what impact the attacks had on the firms that were targeted.

But Thursday’s alert provided a link to an analysis by the U.S. cyber security firm Symantec last fall that said a group it had dubbed Dragonfly had targeted energy companies in the United States and Europe and in some cases broke into the core systems that control the companies’ operations.

Malicious email campaigns dating back to late 2015 were used to gain entry into organizations in the United States, Turkey and Switzerland, and likely other countries, Symantec said at the time, though it did not name Russia as the culprit.

The decision by the United States to publicly attribute hacking attempts of American critical infrastructure was “unprecedented and extraordinary,” said Amit Yoran, a former U.S. official who founded DHS’s Computer Emergency Response Team.

“I have never seen anything like this,” said Yoran, now chief executive of the cyber firm Tenable, said.

A White House National Security Council spokesman did not respond when asked what specifically prompted the public blaming of Russia. U.S. officials have historically been reluctant to call out such activity in part because the United States also spies on infrastructure in other parts of the world.

News of the hacking campaign targeting U.S. power companies first surfaced in June in a confidential alert to industry that described attacks on industrial firms, including nuclear plants, but did not attribute blame.

An electrical line technician works on restoring power in Vilonia, Arkansas April 29, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

“People sort of suspected Russia was behind it, but today’s statement from the U.S. government carries a lot of weight,” said Ben Read, manager for cyber espionage analysis with cyber security company FireEye Inc.

ENGINEERS TARGETED

The campaign targeted engineers and technical staff with access to industrial controls, suggesting the hackers were interested in disrupting operations, though FireEye has seen no evidence that they actually took that step, Read said.

A former senior DHS official familiar with the government response to the campaign said that Russia’s targeting of infrastructure networks dropped off after the publication in the fall of Symantec’s research and an October government alert, which detailed technical forensics about the hacking attempts but did not name Russia.

The official declined to say whether the campaign was still ongoing or provide specifics on which targets were breached, or how close hackers may have gotten to operational control systems.

“We did not see them cross into the control networks,” DHS cyber security official Rick Driggers told reporters at a dinner on Thursday evening.

Driggers said he was unaware of any cases of control networks being compromised in the United States and that the breaches were limited to business networks. But, he added, “We know that there is intent there.”

It was not clear what Russia’s motive was. Many cyber security experts and former U.S. officials say such behavior is generally espionage-oriented with the potential, if needed, for sabotage.

Russia has shown a willingness to leverage access into energy networks for damaging effect in the past. Kremlin-linked hackers were widely blamed for two attacks on the Ukrainian energy grid in 2015 and 2016, that caused temporary blackouts for hundreds of thousands of customers and were considered first-of-their-kind assaults.

Senator Maria Cantwell, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, asked the Trump administration earlier this month to provide a threat assessment gauging Russian capabilities to breach the U.S. electric grid.

It was the third time Cantwell and other senators had asked for such a review. The administration has not yet responded, a spokesman for Cantwell’s office said on Thursday.

Last July, there were news reports that the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp, which operates a nuclear plant in Kansas, had been targeted by hackers from an unknown origin.

Spokeswoman Jenny Hageman declined to say at the time if the plant had been hacked but said that there had been no operational impact to the plant because operational computer systems were separate from the corporate network. Hageman on Thursday said the company does not comment on security matters.

John Keeley, a spokesman for the industry group the Nuclear Energy Institute, said: “There has been no successful cyber attack against any U.S. nuclear facility, including Wolf Creek.”

Reporting by Dustin Volz and Timothy Gardner, additional reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Tom Brown, Alistair Bell and Cynthia Osterman

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Now Illegals Are Getting Into Office In California.

Robert Massimi.

It is unusual for a foreigner to get elected to office in this country, but an illegal? I do not get what people do not understand with the word illegal. Illegal means you are breaking the law, so how are these people getting into office?

California has become more wacky then even Vermont. It appears that everyday the state legislators get up and ask how then be more outlandish then the day before. Think about it, California thinks Dianne Fienstein is to conservative now to be elected on California’s  behalf. California would rather mow the grass with Nancy Pelosi and the other left wing loons like Alan Shiff.  California is now the poorest state in the union, it is flowing red ink with illegals who use hospitals, schools, other services and don’t pay a dime of taxes. They make the Hasidim look like up standing citizens.

It is time the federal government gets involved and begins to put an end to this madness. Sanctuary cities and the like, California by the way is now a sanctuary state. This can not go on for the people who live in land in California, more conservative people who are left holding the bag for the illegals. Taxes are going through the roof  in California, homeless are all over the streets, needles can be found just about everywhere. California today looks like it’s not even a state in the United States.

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California Appoints Illegal Alien to State Office

California has its first illegal alien in state office, after Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) appointed Lizbeth Mateo to the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee.

Mateo, an attorney, was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. illegally at the age of 14 with her parents, who are also illegal aliens, according to the Sacramento Bee.

She complained that illegal aliens are not adequately represented in state government, and described her appointment as a step towards correcting that alleged injustice.

“While undocumented students have become more visible in our state, they remain underrepresented in places where decisions that affect them are being made,” Mateo said, as quoted by Fox News.

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De León, who is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), described Mateo as: “a courageous, determined and intelligent young woman who at great personal risk has dedicated herself to fight for those seeking their rightful place in this country,” according to Fox News.

Mateo, however, seems somewhat confused about which country she prefers.

In a Facebook post in 2016, apparently celebrating her graduation from Santa Clara University School of Law, Mateo declared, in Spanish: “[E]verything is dedicated to Oaxaca, Mexico!! to that land that I miss so much.”

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While she is the first illegal alien to hold a state office, she is not the first elevated to public office in California. In 2015, the city council of Huntington Park, California, appointed two illegal aliens to city commissions, sparking a public backlash.

De León and other state officials are stoking an ongoing confrontation with the federal government over federal immigration laws.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named to Forward’s 50 “most influential” Jews in 2017. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Katie Perry Under Fire.

Robert Massimi.

Sexual harassment works both ways, Katie Perry, kisses another host smack on the lips and is in the hot seat. I believe that this crap has gone to far, people can’t do fun stuff anymore. It has gone to far in my opinion, we need to really look at this. The #metoo movement has brought to light many of the problems but as usual we go to extremes.

The public, the work place and education are so uptight about sexual harassment that everyone is looking over there shoulder. It does people no good to be so afraid that it effects there daily life. We must look closely to determine the best way to keep people from being harassed and not having people so uptight.

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When Benjamin Glaze, at the time a 19-year-old cashier from Enid, Okla., auditioned for “American Idol,” he had hoped his big moment would come as he belted out “Stadium,” a song he wrote himself. That or Nick Jonas’s 2015 single “Levels.”

Instead, it came when the popstar Katy Perry, a judge on the show, surprised him by kissing him smack on the lips, moments before his audition. He had never been kissed before.

”I was a tad bit uncomfortable,” Mr. Glaze said by phone this week, after the incident aired on the season premiere. His first kiss was a rite of passage he had been putting off with consideration. “I wanted to save it for my first relationship,” he said. “I wanted it to be special.”

“Would I have done it if she said, ‘Would you kiss me?’ No, I would have said no,” he said. “I know a lot of guys would be like, ‘Heck yeah!’ But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately. I wanted my first kiss to be special.”

The scene with the kiss was part of the two-night season opener for the new “American Idol,” which is now airing on ABC after a 15-year run on Fox. It is being judged by a new panel of celebrities — Ms. Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan — and is hosted by Ryan Seacrest, who hosted the program on Fox, and is a creative consultant for the show as well.

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In the segments that featured Mr. Glaze, he was shown waiting around in anticipation for his audition with other hopefuls.

After he entered the studio, guitar slung over his shoulder and looking a bit star struck, he said he enjoyed his work as a cashier because it let him meet “cute girls.”

“Have you kissed a girl and liked it?” asked Mr. Bryan, making a coy reference to Ms. Perry’s first hit single, “I Kissed A Girl.” Mr. Glaze said that he had not. “I have never been in a relationship and I can’t kiss a girl without being in a relationship.”

At that, Ms. Perry stood up. “Come here,” she said to Mr. Glaze. “Come here right now.”

Ms. Perry motioned for him to come over to the judges’ table and stuck her face toward him. “One on the cheek?” he said and she smiled. He quickly touched his face to her cheek. She asked for another kiss, complaining that he hadn’t even made the “smush sound.” As he moved toward her cheek again, Ms. Perry swung her face toward him and kissed him quickly on the lips. “Katy!” he yelled, as he stumbled backward. “You didn’t!” Ms. Perry raised her arms in victory.

Mr. Glaze then asked for a drink of water, delivered a lackluster audition and was kindly rejected by the judges.

Even though it aired earlier this week, the audition itself took place last October and this has given Mr. Blaze, who is now 20, some time to consider the event with perspective.

The kiss did result in his getting more screen time, which has helped draw attention to his music. “So in that way,” he said, “I’m glad she did it because it’s a great opportunity to get my music out.”

When he returned home, Mr. Glaze worked through his feelings about the kiss by talking to his friends. “They agreed with me that it didn’t really count,” he said. “It was lip contact versus a romantic situation with someone you care about. That’s what a real first kiss is.”

He said he does not feel he was sexually harassed and is grateful to Ms. Perry for tweeting about him.

The show’s producers embraced the footage, using it in televised promos and on social media. On the American Idol website, Mr. Glaze’s performance is posted under the headline, “Benjamin Glaze’s First Kiss and Audition.” The show’s Twitter feed also posted a photograph of Mr. Glaze and wrote, “This journey has just begun, Benjamin. A kiss for good luck from @katyperry and you’re on your way.”

The first kiss of an aw-shucks teenager from Oklahoma, delivered by a superstar singer, might have made for a sweet pop-culture moment in a previous era. But as the nation re-examines sexual conduct and power dynamics in workplaces and in the media, the kiss didn’t land well with all viewers. “It was a forced sexual act,” one viewer posted in reply to American Idol’s tweet: “Imagine if this was from a male judge. Has @katyperry not taken anything from the #metoo movement?” In the same thread, another viewer wondered if Mr. Glaze’s religious convictions had been disrespected. And many other viewers mirrored the sentiment of one fan, who wrote, “Lucky son of a gun.”

Representatives for ABC and Katy Perry did not respond to requests for comment.

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